Hiya! Mid Atlantic Book Publishers had it's first ever Twitter Chat this past Thurs, Oct. 6th.
The topic was 'PUBLISHING SUPPORT ASSOCIATIONS' like MBPA, IBPA and multiple others.
Some of the topics discussed were:
WHAT AM I? SELF-PUB? INDIE? AUTHOR JUST PUTTING STUFF OUT?
First of all it was deemed by MBPA President, Mary Schaffer, that if you
1. Edit, Format, Create a book.
2. Market and disseminate a book for sale.
Guess what? YOU ARE A PUBLISHER.
Definition of publisher:
[puhb-li-sher] Show IPA
a person or company whose business is the publishing of books, periodicals, engravings, computer software, etc.
the business head of a newspaper organization or publishing house, commonly the owner or the representative of the owner.
SO... if you do any of the above. YOU ARE A PUBLISHER!
WHY PARTNER WITH ORGANIZATIONS
If you publish books (even just your own) you are a publisher and need to approach your business of publishing as such. Network, learn the biz, learn to better market...hey and learn your markets and who knows, you just may start taking on authors. Like so many other small press or indie publishers have.
BENEFITS of MBPA and IBPA
Co-op Marketing opportunities that put you in front of 'Booksellers' like bookstores, libraries, Foreign Rights and so many other markets.
And much much more!
Check out Mid Atlantic Book Publishers: http://www.midatlanticbookpublishers.com/
And other Affiliate IBPA associations near you. Or hey - start your own :-D